Title: Except the Dying
Publisher: St Martins Press, New York
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: SIGNED by Author on the Title Page
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
In a clear protective Brodart mylar cover. Author'samazing and higly touted debut novel that talles place in the winter of 1895 in Toronto, where the unclad body of a servant girl is found in a deserted laneway. Corner crease to one interior page, bumping to spineens, otherwise unread. Bookseller Inventory # 1002153
Synopsis: In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the unclad body of a servant girl is found frozen in a deserted laneway. Detective William Murdoch quickly finds out that more than one person connected with the girl?s simple life has something to hide.
Review: Turn-of-the-century Toronto makes an evocative setting for murder in Except the Dying, a skillful first novel that is interesting both for its historical accuracy and its fully realized characters. The plot concerns the murder of a young housemaid, discovered naked in a snowy lane, and the cast of suspects spans the social strata. Yet it is William Murdoch, the detective in charge of the case, who breathes life into what might otherwise have been a conventional murder mystery. As he pursues his quest for justice, Murdoch also mourns the death of his fiancée; his manner of doing both reveals a compassionate, principled man--one whose fictional endeavors (readers hope) have only just begun.
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